On Monday I made arrangements for a Wednesday afternoon track workout, so I tweaked my runs between now and then a little bit to be able to get everything done. With a Philadelphia layover on Wednesday, I contacted my teammate Kevin Forde about maybe finding a track for some intervals that afternoon. Layover runs are usually just mileage, with a tempo run the only “fast” variety available. To get on a track during a layover would be a huge bonus – luckily Kevin was game and worked out the details to make it happen. This stroke of good fortune changed things up a little bit between now and then….
Got to Seattle Sunday evening, but instead of a longer tempo run I shortened it up just a bit. This would no longer serve as my only hard run of the week, and I didn’t want to be sore on Tue/Wed. I found a decent waterfront trail that started downtown, then warmed up for a mile before stepping on the gas. Had been doing this sort of thing in the 5:50-5:55 range lately, but instead of 6-8 miles I opted for 4 hard, 7 total. Went through each one in about 5:45, monitoring my heart rate to analyze later (knee deep into Jack Daniels book – a whole other discussion….). There was a big difference in the faster pace – 4 miles was very taxing. Doubt if 6 at this pace would have been possible. Finished fine, 2 mile cool down, finishing up the “urban mountain” to my hotel.
Long night, Seattle-Oakland-Ontario (LA)-San Diego. I had arranged earlier to get together with an old Navy buddy here in town, so I hooked up with him around noon and we went 6 easy miles. Guessing it was a little easier for me, but I think we both got something out of it – I got in a good recovery run, he probably got in a decent workout. On week 3 of the new “easy” program, don’t know if it is working or not but I am starting to get used to it. Stretched, then he took me down to Ocean Beach to look at all the beach bums and grab some great fish tacos – something you just can seem to find in central PA (beach bums or fish tacos)…
San Diego-Memphis-Philadelphia tonite, no picnic. Will try to grab a good nap in Philly to be ready to meet Kevin and hit the track. I haven’t run intervals with anyone in over 2 years, so I am hoping we can help each other perform better than we would be able to alone – can’t see how that won’t be the case. That, and I am guessing both of us are competitively stubborn enough that somebody will probably go into cardiac arrest before crying uncle. Think 6×600 is on the docket, always a fun one. I’m sure by working together we’ll both get a great workout – for me this is a huge treat, so anything we get done will be more than I would have otherwise. I feel particularly fortunate to have this opportunity fall into my lap – thanks Kevin, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!